Tom Crawford reports that Medical Malpractice Legislation is working it’s way through a Senate committee. In an attempt to reign in costs, the committee proposes to switch from a trial/jury based compensation system to one of a “patient compensation system” in lieu of the injured having a right to sue. The entire report is worth a read, but here are three money quotes:
Senator Brandon Beach, in favor:
“We really can’t do anything about what’s happening in Washington, but we can control what happens in Georgia,” said Sen. Brandon Beach (R-Alpharetta), the sponsor of SB 141.
Senator Fran Millar, with reservations:
“I can’t see how a court system that wouldn’t allow (damage) caps would allow you to take away a patient’s right to sue,” said Sen. Fran Millar (R-Dunwoody). “I’m getting tired of being overturned by the Supreme Court.”
And, perhaps more telling, the doctors are siding with the trial lawyers:
Dr. John Rogers of Macon, president of the Georgia College of Emergency Physicians, said that “very few” of his medical colleagues would support the concept of SB 141.
“The financial concerns are still there for physicians,” Rogers said. “I don’t see how this changes any of the dynamics.”
Keep an eye on this one. It’s where the money is, so it will be where the action is.